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Lipid bodies (lipid droplets) are emerging as dynamic organelles involved in lipid metabolism and inflammation. Increased lipid body numbers have been described in tumor cells; however, its functional significance in cancer has never been addressed. Here, we showed increased number of lipid bodies in tumor tissues from patients with adenocarcinoma of colon(More)
Allergic asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lung whose incidence and morbidity continues to rise in developed nations. Despite being a hallmark of asthma, the molecular mechanisms that determine airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) are not completely established. Transcription factors of the NFAT family are involved in the regulation of several(More)
Over the past 20 y, the hormone melatonin was found to be produced in extrapineal sites, including cells of the immune system. Despite the increasing data regarding the biological effects of melatonin on the regulation of the immune system, the effect of this molecule on T cell survival remains largely unknown. Activation-induced cell death plays a critical(More)
Dendritic cells play a major role in the induction of both innate and acquired immune responses against pathogenic invaders. These cells are also able to sense endogenous activation signals liberated by injured tissues even in the absence of infection. In the present work, we demonstrate that kinins mobilize dendritic cells to produce IL-12 through(More)
Allergic diseases have been closely related to Th2 immune responses, which are characterized by high levels of interleukin (IL) IL-4, IL-5, IL-9 and IL-13. These cytokines orchestrate the recruitment and activation of different effector cells, such as eosinophils and mast cells. These cells along with Th2 cytokines are key players on the development of(More)
Accumulation of lipid droplets (also known as lipid bodies or adiposomes) within leukocytes, epithelial cells, hepatocytes and other non-adipocytic cells is a frequently observed phenotype in infectious, neoplastic and other inflammatory conditions. Lipid droplet biogenesis is a regulated cellular process that culminates in the compartmentalization of(More)
CD8+ T lymphocytes are excellent sources of IFN-gamma; however, the molecular mechanisms that dictate IFN-gamma expression upon TCR stimulation in these cells are not completely understood. In this study, we evaluated the involvement of NFAT1 in the regulation of IFN-gamma gene expression in murine CD8+ T cells and its relevance during Th differentiation.(More)
Ovarian carcinoma is one of the most aggressive gynecological diseases and generally diagnosed at advanced stages. Osteopontin (OPN) is one of the proteins overexpressed in ovarian cancer and is involved in tumorigenesis and metastasis. Alternative splicing of OPN leads to 3 isoforms, OPNa, OPNb, and OPNc. However, the expression pattern and the roles of(More)
The NFAT (Nuclear Factor of Activated T cells) family of transcription factors plays a central role in the regulation of several genes related to the immune response. Recently, NFAT proteins have been implicated in the proliferation and differentiation of different cell types. Previous studies have shown that NFAT1-deficient mice display lymphocyte(More)
Breast cancer is the leading cause of deaths in women around the world. Resistance to therapy is the main cause of treatment failure and still little is known about predictive biomarkers for response to systemic therapy. Increasing evidence show that Survivin and XIAP overexpression is closely associated with chemoresistance and poor prognosis in breast(More)